Hit-and-Run Lawyers in Jacksonville, Florida
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While Florida law requires persons involved in an accident to stop in a safe spot and exchange information, this does not mean a driver will follow the law after an accident.
If a driver chooses to leave the scene of the accident, then the accident becomes a “hit-and-run” incident. This is a serious crime in the state of Florida – and affects everyone involved.
The Laws in Florida
If you have a license and drive in Florida, you are obligated to take specific actions if you are involved in a crash. These actions include:
- Immediately stopping at the scene of the accident
- Rendering any aid if possible
- Exchanging information with the other accident party – including name, contact information, and insurance information
When a driver does not stop, it is often because they are breaking the law at the time of the hit-and-run accident, and they do not want to increase the punishments they will face.
From driving under the influence to driving without a license, there are a variety of reasons a driver will not stop at the accident scene. Unfortunately, this leaves the accident victims feeling as though they have no way to recover damages.
If the Driver is Found…
If the hit-and-run driver is found, you can legally hold them liable for your injuries and losses. You will need to prove their liability, which may include:
- Proving that they were actually driving the vehicle
- That they had a reasonable duty of care and violated that reasonable duty; thus, leading to the accident
- That the accident caused injuries and losses
All Florida drivers are required to exercise a reasonable duty of care when operating a vehicle. When they leave the scene of an accident, they may automatically be presumed as guilty and negligent.
If the Driver is Not Found…
Even if the hit-and-run driver is never found, you still have options for recovering your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. hit-and-run accident victims can recover damages and receive compensation from their insurance policy.
You should have under-insured or uninsured motorist coverage, which typically covers a hit-and-run incident.
Because these types of cases are complex and insurance claims adjusters will try to pay out as little as possible, you need to hire a skilled hit-and-run accident attorney to file your claim. An attorney can:
- Negotiate with insurance claims adjusters to ensure you get compensation – regardless of whether or not the guilty party is found
- Ensure insurance adjusters do not try to deny your claim because there is not a negligent driver being held accountable
- Calculate the number of damages you will encounter – from future medical costs to loss of earning capacity – to ensure you get the maximum settlement possible
A good attorney is one that will not charge you a fee for their hit-and-run services until they win your claim.
Contact Our Team of Jacksonville Auto Accident Attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton Today
At our law firm, our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys are committed to providing hit-and-run accident victims with the advocacy they need to receive compensation for their injuries. You were not at fault for your accident, so you shouldn’t have to pay just because the other driver left the scene.
Our team will assert your right to coverage through your own insurance and if the hit-and-run driver is found, we will also pursue your claim against them.
Depend on our car accident attorneys for extensive experience in personal injury as well as hit-and-run accidents. We are here to serve you at any of our convenient Jacksonville locations.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)